Hollander Social Justice Fellow 2019

Tali David

Tali David (they/them) is an educator, organizer, and community convener from Los Angeles, California. Tali’s organizing revolves around popular education and holding community conversations about oppression, intersectionality, accountability, and accompliceship. They also lead anti-oppression workshops on topics including antisemitism; autonomy, consent and boundaries; and disability justice and radical accessibility. When not organizing, Tali is a writer and developmental editor, and avid creator of recreational queer, trans, poc, disability, and Jewish community spaces. They are known to have an extensive, albeit disorganized collection of memes for all occasions.

Modern Antisemitism and the Dejudiazation of Diaspora Jewry

The debate over what constitutes antisemitism has been in the spotlight within Jewish communities for decades. Recently, this debate has entered mainstream consciousness in force, leading to confusion for many as Jews disagree on the definition, nature, and contemporary manifestations of antisemitism. Missing from this debate is a complete picture of the phenomenon. Antisemitism has always defined Jews differently from the ways we have defined ourselves. But for the first time in history, a voice claiming to speak for Jewry as a whole (the Israeli state) has worked to re-define antisemitism and with it – who is and is not a Jew. Tali David’s Hollander project builds an anti-racist analysis of antisemitism to reattach the fight against antisemitism to the lived experience of everyday Jews, from questions of Israel and Zionism to tools for addressing microagressions in the moment.


About the Fellowship

Do you have a social justice cause you are passionate about and want to pursue with the NHC Summer Institute community? The Hollander Social Justice Fellow will receive a scholarship for Institute tuition, room, and board, and up to $100 for materials or preparation, in exchange for planning social justice oriented programming for the NHC Summer Institute community.

Applications from groups or pairs will also be considered and the award will be divided among the group/pair, if selected.

The National Havurah Committee is a network of diverse individuals and communities dedicated to Jewish living and learning, community building, and tikkun olam (repairing the world). Since the 1970s, the NHC Summer Institute has been bringing together Jews from across North America to envision a joyful grassroots Judaism and provide the tools to help them create empowered Jewish lives and communities. The NHC is a nondenominational, multigenerational, egalitarian, and volunteer-run organization.

Who should apply?

Anyone who is passionate about social justice work and has a specific campaign, topic, or issue they have been personally engaged in and would like to share with the NHC Summer Institute community. We are eager to support the leadership of those with less access to privilege—including but not limited to Jews of Color, Sephardi, Mizrahi, disabled, poor, queer, and trans Jews.

Past Fellows Include:

2018: Margaret Frisch Klein; Building Bridges, Storytelling, and Intersectionality
2017: Mira Rivera; Embracing the Stranger
2016: Rachel Grant Meyer; Our People Were Refugees Too: A Jewish Response to the Contemporary Refugee Crisis
2015: Toby Reiter; Food Scarcity & Plenty Through a Lens of Shmita
2014: Jessica Belasco and Lauren Tuchman; Disability Justice: Making Jewish Communities Accessible to All
2013: Elizabeth Richman; Praying with our Feet? Activism on Shabbat and Chagim
2012: Regina Sandler-Phillips: Strength in Numbers: Jewish Personal Empowerment for Redistributive Justice
2011: Ilana Schatz; Exploring Fair Trade as an expression of Jewish values
2009: Joelle Novey; A Jewish response to our modern alienation from where our stuff, our electricity, and our food is coming from, who made it, produced it, or harvested it, and at what cost to the Earth
2008: Gabriela Russek; Stronger Roots to Lasting Fruit: Deepening Our Understanding of Social Justice

The Fellowship

Hollander Social Justice Fellows plan and implement three to four hours of programming (formal or informal) on a relevant and nonpartisan social justice issue. Fellows also have the opportunity to have a permanent display space throughout the week to share additional information. 


The NHC Summer Institute provides captioning during community programming. We ask all presenters to work with our transcription and accessibility teams to help achieve inclusion for all.

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